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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning, i'm charles osgood this is "sunday morning." classrooms across america are buzzing with the sounds of students. september often finds parents and teachers buzz can, too, about classes being too big providing students with too little attention. is smaller really better? barry peterson will go back to school for or "sunday morning."
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>> this hasn't changed much in the last hundred years both out here and in here. designing something custom made. >> right. >> for these three kids. >> yeah. >> one room school houses. yes, we still have them. and valuable lessons we can all learn about education for what happens ip these small classrooms. later on "sunday morning." >> the war to end all wars did not live up to that promise. marcia teichner will take us back to the trenches to mark the an verse of the start of world war one. >> we would have not much stronger than a lawnmower. >> believe it or not during world war one it would have been terrifying the definition of modern warfare. between 1914 and 1918, 8.5 million soldiers died a century ago today, the war that
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redefined war had just begun. later this "sunday morning," we look back. >> osgood: as the star of the pop pew par steve buscemi's career is hot, but hot is something he knows how to handle. tracy smith will have our "sunday morning" profile. >> you are going down you're not taking me with you. >> before he played a tough guy on screen steve buscemi was a real life tough guy a new york city firefighter which didn't wow his future wife. >> did the firefighter thing add to the appeal? >> he's the only person i knew with a real job that made money. >> how steve buscemi went from firehouse to the movie house and back again. later on "sunday morning." >> our collective sense of humor lost a bit of its edge with the passing of joan rivers. whose funeral will be held this
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morning in new york city. richard schlesinger pace tribute. >> oh, grow up. joan rivers once said she succeeded by saying what everyone else was thinking. sometimes she said things we'd rather not think about. >> my breasts, i could have a mammogram and pedicure at the same time. >> and laugh about how you can deal with it. >> some horrors aren't so easy to laugh at. >> that's why we should laugh. >> joan rivers, an appreciation. >> osgood: take note of blues singer madeline peru. and see prove its go up when the are down. chocolate chips that is. and tracks the possible return of the pigeon. and first headlines for this sunday morning the 7th of september, 2014. president obama has to be done
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an about face to change immigration policy before the end of the summer. president denies that he vowed political pressure from senate democrats want him to tackle that contentious issue only after the november elections. the u.s. airstrikes targets isis in iraq. bombs hit fighters trying to capture a dam last month the strikes first isis back from another dam at mosul. the fragile two day truces has been shaken by new attacks. there's been shelling in peyroux. the hawaii's big island are under an eruption warning as lava from nearby volcanos continue to aoze towards them. the flow is only a mile 'weigh from nearby homes but is moving so slowly that it poses no immediate danger.
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the u.s. open yesterday, japan's kay nishikori stunned the number one player in the world, know jack djokovic and marin cilic defeated roger federer he. and serena williams faces caroline wozniacki of denmark in the women's final. you can see that match this afternoon here on cbs following nfl football. as for today's weather it will be sunny and pleasant most of the country. with scattered storms stretching from the south to the southwest. week ahead remnants of hurricane norbert will continue to soak areas of southern california while more fall-like weather will dip in to the northern plains by mid week. >> here we go. >> coming up. it's a one-room school house. >> let's talk about the earth.
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>> osgood: later, taking note a single. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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>> osgood: when it comes to learning bigger is not necessarily better. as barry peterson sound out when he found the one-room school
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house. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. >> for a century and a half, montana's pioneer mountains have echoed with the young voices from the divide one room school. >> and justice for all. >> yes, there are still one-room public schools in america. >> let's talk about the earth. how does the earth naturally filter water? >> today about 200 one-room schools carry on tradition that is older than america itself. while the frontier where they first appeared may be gone, the spirit that they helped create is alive and well in towns across rural america. >> this isn't just a school down the street. >> right. this is the heart of the community. >> at divide school judy boyle loves what she does. >> i have teacher meetings once a week, it's with me, myself and i. >> teaches grades k-8 at times it's had as many as 30 students.
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>> david, how are you? >> when we visited last spring boyle had only three students so she could give such individual attention she made lesson plans for each student. you are designing something custom made for these three kids. >> yes. >> that is a great thing to be able to do as a teacher. >> it is. you can respect their differences. and what makes them tick. really, brick -- >> there some are key similarities between one-room school house and your neighborhood school. take the cost. it's roughly the same per student. in all the schools have to meet the same state and national standards and sometimes like at
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divide there are additional expectations at a school that has been operating since the 1870s. >> small communities their schools are really important to them. >> why? >> because the school is what generates the reputation that have town. >> there was a time when almost every american child learned in a within-room school in the 1700s john adams taught near boston. abe lincoln was educated in one-room school and henry ford loved his so much he had it moved to a museum in michigan. as late as 1913, half of america's school children were enrolled in the country's 200,000, one-room schools but after the first world war one-room schools started to close as people moved in to cities and small schools started to consolidate.
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for most of us it's folklore that was in "little house on the prairie." >> no, ma'am. >> you captain learn it properly. >> it's been a long time since the farm land's near lansing, michigan, were prairie. >> let's see. >> linda spent three years as the sole teacher at the strange one-room school. last year she taught a class of 128 ages 5-12. strange school was founded in 1879, the kids still sit in the exact same classroom except now they learn on ipads. but one teacher job requirement hasn't changed across all those years. being self sufficient. >> the big school, teach we're call in the guidance counselor, that would be you. or complain to the principal, that would be you. >> at first it was overwhelming
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but now it's part of the job. and you just have to instinct to know what to do and what to say. >> here the lessons are not just about math or science. but about older children helping the younger ones with things like learning how to read. there's an unusual teaching tool that may only work in a one-room school, eavesdropping. sure helped then first grader. >> i was like, listening to all the third grade stuff i learned a lot. >> he came home from kindergarten what is the civil war? you know, he didn't know civil war. he hears them talking. >> which is why cynthia, herself a teacher as a christian high school wanted 7-year-old thomas in a one-room school even though there were bigger schools closer to their home. >> kindergarten he already moved up to first grade, reading and
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math. and it was a smooth transition. i don't want him to grow up to fast. i want him to enjoy his childhood, i want him to be a child. in this school he is still a first grader but he's doing second and third grade work in reading and math. >> at strange, there are other lessons of life, students must clean the school every day. >> what are you trying to teach there? >> responsibility. i think responsibility goes with every aspect of life. it carries over to a work ethic that everyone should have instilled in them. >> you might think kids would miss things like team sports but they don't. >> at divvy the local one-room schools get together to make up a track or basketball team. but for some, it's hard when day comes to go to the big city high school it. can in a word --
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>> terrifying. you are going from seven, eight kids to thousands. >> how did you handle it? >> pretty poorly at first. >> i guess freshman year moved on was able to make friends, talk to people, get on with my life. >> john is now college freshman studying computer science says on balance the one-room school was the unique foundation for a life of learning. >> how do you think you did academically against the kids who had gone through a normal school system. >> in the top ranks. >> why? >> i think it was education here. there was no discouragement, what can you learn, what can you do? >> i love this one. i'm with the students. for nine years of their life. you can't help but love them. they were a part of you.
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>> now a page from our "sunday morning" almanac. september 7, 1921. 93 years ago today. when beauty put the boardwalk in atlantic city on the map. that day, eight girls arrived on the new jersey shore to compete for the title of the very first miss america. ♪ the inter-city beauty contest as it was originally called was a stunt dreamt up by business owners who wanted to keep the summer crowds in town beyond labor day. to apiece conservative groups tantalized by the loosening morals of the roaring '20s, contestants wore modest bathing suits, were not allowed to wear make up or bob their hair. the winner was 16-year-old
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margaret gorman from washington, d.c. at 5'1" she was spitting image of mary pickford. she was wrapped in an american flag given a golden mermaid trophy. >> miss america! >> beginning 1954 the pageant moved to television drawing audiences of the millions. >> meet your subjects as we sing your song. >> shortly thereafter emcee bert parks started tradition with this now famous song. ♪ there she is miss america ♪ >> over the years the miss america pageant has had to change along with social mor,es, of the times. in 1945, bess meyerson became
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first jewish miss america. the pageant's rule seven, limiting participants to white women was eventually dropped. it was 1984 where vanessa williams was the first african american to wear the crown. ♪ there she is. >> more than 10,000 young women hope to compete in the miss america beauty pageant. a far cry from the eight beauties who started it all back on the boardwalk in 1921. >> coming you. singing the blues. madeline peyroux.
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♪ >> that is the smokey sound of madeline peyroux not all that long ago she was american in paris singing on the streets with hat in hand. today she performs on stage for blues fans around the world. story comes from terrell brown, now with station wls in chicago. >> if i were to close my eyes
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and i heard you but i couldn't see you, i would think that you were an old black soul singer. what do you think about it? >> well, i think it's cool. ♪ >> listen to madeline peyroux you'll here echos of some of the greatest singers of all stripes. patsy cline, bessie smith, bob dylan, edith piaf and billie holiday. ♪ >> she's been called jazz,
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you've been called folk. some have even said a little bit of country. when you think about it, what are you? >> i'm a blues singer, i think? >> the blues? >> her latest recording a tribute to a ground breaking ray charles album released half a century ago. there's madeline peyroux touch. what is it? >> silence. lots of silence and a little -- just a little bit of pain. you know, it's a joke we have with the guys i was playing with recently, it's just so it hurts just a little bit. that's what i like. ♪ >> the roots of that little bit of pain run deep. ♪ madeline peyroux grew up in
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pennsylvania with stops in hollywood and new york. her father was a college professor and she says she was deeply affected by his struggle with depression and alcoholism. when she was 11, her parents divorced. and her mother was offered a job in paris. madeline, her mother and brother took offer for a new life overseas. >> it was a big dream for her. she was ready for a new start. i naively thought that we're going to be one big happy family. >> madeline's mother still lives in paris. >> came immediately with a big chip on her shoulder. i went off and became wild in my teenage years, did i my share of drinking and just raising hell as we say.
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>> because of dad? >> i knew how to do it. i had seen him do it. ♪ >> madeline found solace playing her guitar. she needed it because she wasn't fitting in at the strict french schools. when she was put in an english boarding school, she ran away. >> there were bars on the windows and she unscrewed those. left all her things, got her guitar jumped out the window and hitchhiked to a friend's house and first thing i get a phone call saying your daughter has disappeared. >> her mother's patience had run out. >> i gave her an ultimatum. you either stay in school or you can go back to new york and live with your father but this is not a hotel. when it was finally clear that i was no longer going to go school my mom had gone to the bottom of that pit with me. and then it was like, now, well,
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that's it. you're done. >> she simply took her guitar and she went out to find where the music was. she was only 15. ♪ >> mad lip was living on the streets of paris. you could say she was homeless. or you could say she found a new family. street musicians, who pushed her to develop her singular voice. >> i never shot she had a real talent until she would sing on the street. i thought it was a teenage rebellion. >> for her mother there were long nights full of worry. but one evening she wept looking for madeline she had a revelation. >> i heard this voice singing "georgia on my mind." i'll still start crying when i think of that moment. that's madeline. >> a record company executive
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heard peyroux and offered a record deal. ever the contrarian she at first said no. >> it took several years. >> what changed your mind? >> i couldn't find anything else to do. >> it was literally -- by default. >> well, i tried to look around and say, you know, can i do something else? no, this is it. >> it didn't take long for critics to discover her, since then she's released half a dozen albums now spends much of her time on tour. >> extra shot? >> always. >> reluctant star she retreats to a quiet neighborhood in brooklyn. >> i kind of stay inside. i justify in the house. >> would you say you're happy? >> yeah. >> right now? >> yeah. >> is that different than before? >> i liked the idea of growing
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up. i always loved my freedom. i have freedom right now. ♪ >> these days madeline peyroux has both happiness and that little bit of pain to share with her fans. it's a feeling her mother knows most clearly of all. >> when madeline stands on the stage she's not the performer madeline peyroux, she's my baby standing up there and she's in the middle of the moment that's so precious. ♪ >> the gear is different. >> osgood: ahead.
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hanging out at the firehouse. with actor steve buscemi. ♪ >> osgood: but next, war and remembrance. how about a shake instead? [bell rings] waitress: welcome to denny's!
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ago. wore this u.s. army uniform in to battle in france. one of the lucky ones who came home from the great war, was never called world war i until world war ii came along. martha teichner looks back at what should have been the war to end all warsment. >> true story, 600 taxis come deered from the streets of paris shuttled 6,000 reinforcements to the battlefield. soldiers who by many accounts made all the difference. the french and british defeated the germans at the first battle. but already the kind of war it would be was becoming evident.
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>> in absolute numbers, this war defies previous understandings of war then defines future expectations of war. >> oxford professor is one of the world's most noted world war i scholars. >> the lesson from this war still is we want to avoid war. the sense of the loss of life becomes from 1914. >> it began with isolated act of terrorism. on june 28th, 1914, in the bosnian capital, the heir apparent to the hungarian throne and his wife were shot by serbian nationalist. >> how could the 'streets nation of an arch duke lead to a world war? >> there's a system of collective security, which makes
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it very hard for any one state to stand back without compromising its own security. >> on july 28th, austria hungary one of the world's great powers, declared war on serbia. serbia asked its friend, russia, for help. then austria hungary turned to its friend, germany. germany had it's own agenda it wanted to invade france. but getting there invading belgium, too. so britain committed to supporting belgium, france and russia declared war on germany. >> and that produces a snowball effect. it becomes a world war because many of these powers are colonial powers as well as being european powers. >> like dominos, country after country was dragged in on the side of the allys seen here in grey or the central powers in black.
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until look, practically the whole ward was at war. but not the united states. which remained neutral. the sheet music for this anti-war song sold 700,000 copies. the recording was number one for 1 weeks. >> the reflex response of most people and indeed of the president himself was that we left that and got out of the way. >> stanford university professor david kennedy is a pulitzer prize winning historian. >> people responded to the news of the war's outbreak much in line with the, by then, century-plus old tradition of isolationism. >> he kept us out of war was the campaign slogan largely credited with getting president woodrow
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wilson reelected in 1916. but just a few months later after multiple provocations, wilson asked congress to go to war with germany. on april 6th, 1917, the declaration came. and with it, a propaganda war. ♪ a battle for the hearts and minds of the american people. >> it's about the shift saying it's not our war to being willing to put the shoulder to the wheel. >> matthew is head of the national word war i museum in kansas is he. >> modern public relations was very much formed by these early experiments in persuading people to a particular point of view or action. >> demonizing the enemy was part of the message but that raised the question, who was the enemy.
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the loyalty of so-called hyphenated americans became an issue. >> country of 90 million people at this point more than 30 million americans at that time were foreign born or had at least one parent who was born abroad. of those, 11 or 12 million came from austria, hungary or germany ♪ >> the united states had no army to speak of when war was declared. a draft was imposed. enlistment was sold as act of moral right. >> many of wise not have made the choice that he did. but he was brave enough to do what he believed was right. >> even a hundred years later, joist kilmer's story is troubling the way world war i is troubling. we home him for. this i think that i should never
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see a poem lovely as a tree. >> the peace maker by joyce kilmer. >> but he was a word war i poet. >> to banish war, he must be a warrior be. >> he left behind a wife and four small children. >> who fights for freedom, goes with joyful tread to meet the fires of hell against him. >> he wrote the peace maker. it was a terrible thing. >> miriam is his granddaughter. >> a terrible dilemma, a terrible choice that he had to make. when i look at this you compare this with this. >> another of his grandchildren. >> there looks like a man who has seen the ugliness of war and still worked to do what needs to be done. >> joist was sent to the western
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front a line of trenches more than 400 miles long from the bell began coast to switzerland. i am man in both sides dug in the barbed wire, the filth, the stench, nightmare gas attacks. and then in 1916, the first tanks. technology that modernized warfare but failed to end a three-year stalemate. >> it was a resignation in a sense. don't more than two million american soldiers fought in france during world war i.
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joyce among them. he was on a mission when he died july 30th, 1918. >> he was shot by a sniper through the head. >> his grandson, rob it kilmer. >> he was blewing on the ground facing forward toward the enemy and they thought he was alive. they went to announce themselves as his patrol, let's go, they found him dead. >> he is buried in france surrounded by the graves of other american soldiers killed in world war i. another poet wrote, in flanders field the poppies blow. it's come to symbolize the sole december on all sides who died some 8.5 million of them. more than 116,000 of those dead
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were americans. with germany's surrender in 1918, the map was redrawn. the middle east sliced and diced in to territories being fought over to this day. president woodrow wilson who thrust the united states on to the world stage to make it safe for democracy failed. >> there's a deep disillusionment sets in very earl early on and deepens as the '20s and '30s go forward they thought they were being set in to battle to redeem. what do they get. they get fascism and naziism in germany. >> was it all a terrible waste? when it ended world war i was known as the war to end all wars. barely two decades later, world
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war ii began. >> osgood: coming up. >> from three billion passenger pigeons to none. i still can't believe it. >> osgood: birds of a feather. especially now that i live with a higher risk of stroke due to afib, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. i was taking warfarin, but wondered if i kept digging, could i come up with something better. my doctor told me about eliquis... for three important reasons. one, in a clinical trial, eliquis was proven to reduce the risk of stroke better than warfarin. two, eliquis had less major bleeding than warfarin. and three, unlike warfarin, there's no routine blood testing. don't stop taking eliquis unless your doctor tells you to, as stopping increases
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the biggest picture though was reserved for the passenger pigeon. once numbering three billion or more, this species flew in vast flocks passing overhead for days at a time. witnesses described seeing a feathered river in the sky. our hungry growing nation also saw them as delicious and inexhaustible and hunted them to near ex continuing in about 50 years. in the book was a picture of the very last one named martha, stuffed and sitting on a perch in the smithsonian museum of natural history. next to her was a sign that said "extinct" from three billion passenger pigeons to none i still can't believe it. martha died 100 years ago on september 1, 1914. her demise proved to be a watershed event. people finally began to care about the fate of our nation's wildlife. conservation groups sprang up including those formed by
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hunters to protect habitat allowing many species to flourish including grassland birds and water foil. this pigeon's story doesn't end there. in a scene somewhat out of "jurassic park" scientists are trying to resurrect this grand bird. starting with the d.n.a. the passenger pigeon's genetic code will eventually be sliced in to living cells of a close cousin the band-tailed pigeon with the hope of creating something that looks, sounds, perhaps even acts like the real thing. they're calling the process, de-extinction. and it's not science fiction at all. laboratories around the world are working to bring back other long-gone species as well such as the pyrenean ibex and the woolly maim hot. not just matter of if, but when. should we be doing this at all, though? that's the question that nags me when we could be trying to save
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the rare tree tours that are here. as are the florida panther, the mountain yellow-legged frog and the mississippi sandhill crane. each and everyone deserve our full attention. and doesn't reviving ex tenth species send a strong signal to the public that they can just relax, that extinction isn't really forever? proponents would argue quite the opposite. that the excitement surrounding de-extinctions could finally get people to wake up and pay attention to what's happening in the natural world. to be honest, i don't really know what to think about this impending test tube menagerie. are we going back in time to make things right for a few precious species or are we doing this just because we can? what i do know is that second chances are very rare things. so when a new martha is resurrected, i won't avert my eyes. and i'll be the first in line to
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bear witness, camera in hand. >> osgood: next, we remember joan rivers. latte or au lait? cozy or cool?
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>> osgood: thee will be funeral services for joan rivers. while authorities look in to the cause of her death, the fans in and out of show business are focusing on her legacy of laughter. richard schlesinger remembers. >> i had the hot flash yesterday so good it melted my iud. >> in joan rivers' eyes there were no limits, there were no boundaries and everything was fair game. >> they treat you like a little distaken dane, al roker, here is
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joan rivers. she is 78 years young. you are going, here is al roker and he's 320 pounds thin. >> she took a little getting used to. most of the stuff that came out of her mouth was not in the best taste. >> my sex life is so bad my g-spot has been declared a historical landmark. >> for a woman who left nothing unsaid there are few details of her passing. the comic reportedly went in to cardiac arrest august 28th during a routine medical procedure. she was rushed to new york's mt. sinai hospital where she died thursday. she is survived by a daughter, melissa, who said in a statement "my mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. although that is difficult to do right now, i know her final wish would be that we return to
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laughing soon." it was a quiet end to a life lived at full volume. >> when i was 21 my mother said only a doctor for you. when i was 22 she said, okay, a lawyer, a cpa, 24, we'll grab a dentist. 26 she said, anything. >> on stage she was brutally honest. >> the woman is a tramp. >> her favorite target was often herself, her age, her sex life, and of course her face. rivers once said that she had so much plastic surgery that when she died they would donate her body to tupperware. >> you don't look exactly like the joan rivers i used to know. >> no. but i take that as a compliment.
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i'm just scared when i die i'll get to heaven and god won't recognize me. >> she was born joan alexandra molinsky in brooklyn and raised in the new york suburbs. she was no dummy she was an honors grad from barnard college with a degree in literature. >> you look at the bookshelves. >> at hem she had an extensive library. she never wanted to be anywhere but on the stage. >> it's like a nun's calling. this is what i want. this is where i want. this is what i'm supposed to do. that sounds so stupid. this is what i'm supposed to do. >> rivers had little success until february 1965 that's when johnny carson saw her gave her a shot on his show. she was 31 and unknown.
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but not for much longer. >> welcome joan rivers. >> when we first start dating edgar always opened my car door. then we were engaged and we opened our own doors. now we're married and ed guard has me open his door. we don't have a car. >> joan rivers became a fixture on the tonight show for the next 20 years. but she and johnny carson were never close. >> ice cold off camera. >> mean or just cold? >> cold. only mean to me at the end. maybe mean, but i never was friendly with him. not warm. i worked on that show 20 years. it never invited to the christmas party, was never meant -- i never was included in the carson family. but it didn't matter. gave me my whole, my god, what he gave me. >> don't you think men like intelligence more when it comes right down to it?
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>> please, are we going back to that? are you kidding? >> no man has ever put his hand up a woman's dress looking for a library card. >> a few weeks after this show rivers bunch launched her own late night program on the fox network and johnny carson never spoke to her again. >> i want to so happy to be here i thank you all so much. >> but there was worse to come. joan was fired from her talk show and barely three months after that her husband ed guard rosenberg killed himself. she was widowed, unemployed, and practically banned from late night tv. joan rivers needed to remake herself. and she did. >> i am in love with this. >> she made a fortune hawking her own line of jewelry and
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handbags on tv. >> i'm doing better than you. check out the bag. >> but as she told tracy smith she got in to the business because she had no where else to go. >> i was desperate. >> you were desperate? desperate for what? >> for something to do. my husband committed suicide. my vegas contract was gone. i had been fired from fox publicly. i had to find something fast. >> so here this career of last resort ends up turning in to this? >> turning in to this. so i go through every door. you never know. >> of course her favorite door was always the stage door. and before long she was back under the lights. >> grow up. she was good in the retail business but she was great at the funny business. >> my knocked you out, woke you
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up with the show. you knew nothing. >> up until last week joan rivers kept a schedule most younger comics could only dream of. >> wednesday, florida. afternoon book signing. back to miami to perform two shows. >> she was too busy to retire and much too driven to stop. >> i could die any moment, you know how lucky you would be, you'd get a price of a ticket you'd get a show and a death. >> rivers would talk freely about her own death. and she told mo rocca earlier this year, death didn't scare her. it was dying. >> how do you think actual death will compare with dying unitage? >> i think actual death will be a lot easier than dying on stage. because, if you do it right, you can go looking good maybe with a little quip. i loved everybody.
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but dying on stage, oh, god. >> all i ever heard why can't you be like your cousin sheila. sheila died at birth. >> in stand up comic terms, joan rivers killed more than she ever died. and that may make her death a little tough to take. because you just know she would have had something perfect to say about all this. >> i think life is great. and boy, oh, boy, when i die they're going to say, she had a good time.
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>> it's the stuff actors only dream of. at the red carpet premiere for the final season of hbo's "boardwalk empire" steve buscemi is the center of attention. after years of playing supporting roles, there's no doubt he's enjoying this moment. well, maybe not this exact moment. and the red carpet, what is going through your head? >> the worst. >> the worst? >> yes. >> truth is buscemi is much more at ease making everyone else squirm. he made name for himself playing the second or third fiddle. he was a ruthless gangster and enemy to all waiters in "reservoir dogs." >> i don't tip. >> you don't tip. >> i don't believe in it. >> picked up those two -- the best man from hell in "the wedding singer." >> i'm a person, too. >> he's a serial killer, a
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kidnapper -- >> thinking take care of it right here. >> and finally on "boardwalk empire" -- >> you don't work for me any more let's get that straight. >> he's the lead. crooked politician nucky thompson. >> i never saw him as leading man but i saw him as he was like the guy. he was the guy you had to go through to get things done. >> he's a guy that gets the girls. he's the boss. >> well, yeah. >> you play a lot of creepy guys. sympathetic creepy guys most of the time. there's something that you find to like about them. is that important to you to make them likable? >> i -- it's not important to me that they're likable. but there has to be something that i like about gleam as a kid growing up on long island,
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new york, buscemi had dreams of being an actor. but his father, a career sanitation worker, had another dream for his four sons. a steady paycheck. your dad wanted you and all your brothers to stay take civil service exam? >> whatever civil service exam came up when we were 18 we had to take it. if we chose to live under his roof. >> the idea was -- he was looking another for us buscemi he took and passed the test for firefighters in 1981 wound up here. engine 55 in lower manhattan. he's one of the guys now. back then it was a different story. >> i was like the quietest guy in the fire husband for a long time. >> when his shift ended he'd moonlight as an actor. he kept up his double life for four years, but when he got a part in the movie "parting glances" he quit the department. >> fabulous. >> the guys at engine 55 thought
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he was nuts. >> they were really worried about me. >> worried? >> yeah. >> because? >> because nobody leaves this job, you know. you just don't -- you don't leave -- first of all a great job like this also a secure job. >> in a way we always stay connected to that job. but in 1985, he needed to see what lay beyond the big red door. >> very professional. >> i was cast as, you know, like a dug dealer on "miami advice." and i was like, okay, you really think i can do this? fine. and then that was sort of the start of me getting these, you know, in the beginning really seedy, kind of sleezy characters and kind of progressed from there. >> what do you think they saw in you that you started to play the sleazily guy? the keep?
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>> what did though see in me? i don't know. i guess i -- i must -- must be the way i look. >> do you think god stays in heaven because he, too, lives in fear of what he's created? >> talent might have something to do with it, too. no matter the part, and there have been well over a hundred, buscemi makes it his. >> i've certainly made the most of how i look, i think. it's been good. it's worked for me. so why change it? >> have you had people say to you, if you only fixed your teeth? >> sure. >> and you said? >> it's always the joke. whenever my own dentist says to me, you know, we could do something like, we could fix this. i say, are you trying to put me out of sneak. >> for 27 years buscemi has been married to artist jo andres
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partners in life and art. >> i'll be driving the car and she'll be telling me to slow down and i don't know what she's doing and she's taking pictures out of the window. >> out the window. their brooklyn townhouse is decorated with her works. >> what's this? >> this is a cyanotype, a process of photography that's from i think 1842. >> jo also directs short films, often featuring a familiar face. ♪ they met back when he was still at engine 55. did the firefighter thing add to the appeal? >> he was only person i knew with a real job that made money. >> she wasn't impressed that i was a fireman. i was trying to impress her with the boots and the coat and the -- she didn't care. >> she cared enough to marry him in 1987 and in 1990 they brought a son in to the world.
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a decade later, the world changed. in the hours following the attacks on the world trade center with reports that hundreds of firefighters were either dead or buried alive in the burning wreckage, buscemi felt that he had no choice but to run once again toward the fire. >> when 9/11 happened, i came back here on the 12th and had my gear, had my -- i still had my old turnout coat and helmet. >> he volunteered to spend the next five days at ground zero digging through the pile. >> looked like you were on another planet. it was unrecognizable. i had no bearing where i was. there was something about being there that was also very comforting. and i remember that surprising me. i went down there to help but i was the one who was helped, you
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know. it really helped me. >> now buscemi's hoping to give back with the documentary "a good job" premiering on hbo tomorrow night. >> i was terrified. physically knee knees were knocking. >> you should be scared. >> filled with interviews done by buscemi himself, it's an inside look at what it means to be a firefighter in new york city. and all the challenges that come with it. >> when the building came down i turned to my husband -- sorry. >> firefighters are great at helping others. they're great at helping each other. but they don't always know that they themselves are in need. their first reaction would be, the next guy as it worse. it was nothing that -- i went through, it wasn't that bad. but that guy, oh, that family,
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they had it worse. what right do i have to seek any kind of help. i hope the film, really the film is for them. >> through it all steve buscemi has september that firefighter's modesty, seeing himself as a supporting character even when others see him as a star. >> now that he's this big leading man role, i'm just wondering as his wife, did you -- have you seen him as that all along? >> >> yes, of course. he's my -- he's my guy. he's my connection in this world. it's just -- i just felt really lucky. sorry, i'm gonna -- >> this is the thing. you play all these kind of scary, often mean guys but the truth is, nothing farther from the truth. >> nothing farther from the truth, yeah. >> wait until this interview is
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she wrote jokes, bought jokes, changed her name, at one point billing herself as "pepper january, comedy with spice" and through her failures joan rivers found her comedic voice. i had found the key, she wrote, my comedy would flow from that poor, vulnerable schlepp, joan molinsk go the-year-old i felt sorry for. this isn't the '50s when being stand-up comedian was about as respectable as being a stripper. it was unheard of. but she persevered. her life began, she said, one night in 1965, when as a last minute replacement she made her first appearance on "the tonight show." and made johnny laugh, really laugh, wiping his eyes and declaring, you're gonna ab star. joan rivers' face was so expressive and so wonderfully goofy i wish she left it alone but that was her choice to, her credit she never lied about her
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cot met particular surgeries using them, too, as material was lines like, i wish i had a twin, so i could know what i look like without plastic surgery. or, my breasts are so low now i can have a mammogram and a pedicure at the same time. but as crass as her hum more could be, she was a classy lady with fine tastes and ex chris it maners with regularly spent thank you notes and flowers to co-workers. and talk about a work ethic at 81 she was still on sage trying out new jokes, she was an inspiration. like moms mabley, phyllis diller and totie fields she helped dispel the myth that women aren't funny. someone once said if you can see it, you can be it. thanks to the trail blazers like joan rivers, generations of funny girls can see it. and be funny on their own terms. we stand on their shoulders gratefully.
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one more matter before we move on. the passing of our friend and colleague bruce morton died on the friday. cbs news correspondent for 29 years he was a terrific writer and contributor here on "sunday morning." he was 83. now to bob schieffer in washington for look at what's ahead on "face the nation." good morning, bob. >> schieffer: good morning, charles. as we approach the 13th anniversary of 9-11 we'll talk about the new terrorist threat with senator marco rubio and former secretary of state henry kissinger. >> osgood: next week here on "sunday morning." >> bin lad senn there. going to -- >> osgood: award winning actress jessica chastain. "mmm, home cooking" and "umm, i think that's enough."
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